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Challenges to eliminate COVID-19 do not hamper efforts to empower public sector – PM

MELAKA, Dec 28 — The challenges to eliminate the COVID-19 pandemic did not hamper efforts to empower the public sector which is one of the government’s main agenda to ensure efficient, transparent and people-friendly service system, said Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. The Prime Minister said the responsibility of civil servants now is to make the […]

#TECH: Technologies that shine throughout the pandemic year

YOU would have foreseen the global disruption brought on the Covid-19 virus over the past year, which has forced countries to close their borders and halt their economies. The new normal, as it is now known, includes a halt to face-to-face events and physical conferences. Even schools have had to close. Despite the troubles brought […]

China’s palm oil futures pose no threat for now, traders say

KUALA LUMPUR: Traders believe a recent move by China’s Dalian Commodity Exchange to open its palm oil futures contract to international investors should provide a certain degree of competition but it will not impact Bursa Malaysia Derivatives (BMD) in the short term. Effective December 22, China allowed foreign investors to have access to its palm […]

Jakim to issue list of licensed meat importers in Malaysia, says Zulkifli

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 28): The Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) will issue a list of licensed meat importers in the country to reduce public concern over their halal status, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al Bakri. He said further discussions are also being held with […]

More costly umrah packages expected

HIGHER cost for umrah packages is estimated to reach between 10% and 50% once the border reopens, as a result of the additional standard operating procedures (SOPs) imposed due to Covid-19. The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents deputy president Mohd Akil Mohd Yusof said the price hike is inevitable and the costs may […]

Malaysia’s trade surplus surges 152% to RM16.82 bln in November

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s trade surplus surged 151.6 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y) to RM16.82 billion last month, the highest surplus ever recorded for the month of November. The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) said exports increased by 4.3 per cent to RM84.43 billion compared to the same month last year, marking three consecutive months […]

The journey to parenthood

CONCEIVING may not be as simple or direct for all couples. Unfortunately, when infertility strikes, distress and finger pointing begins, often directed at the woman. However, it’s an issue that affects both men and women, with infertility among men on the rise. According to a study by the National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN), […]